CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday moved to join the ranks of cities like Santa Monica and Calabasas by putting limits on smoking in certain outdoor areas in Burbank.
The ordinance, which the council adopted in a 3-2 vote, will ban smoking in several targeted areas in the downtown, the Chandler Bikeway and restaurant's outdoor dining areas. Slated to go into effect in May, the law will return to the council for a second vote Tuesday before being finalized.
Mayor Todd Campbell lauded the ordinance's passage as among the current council's greatest legislative accomplishments.
"Nothing will ever be a perfect ordinance, but I truly believe that the passage of this type of ordinance will have immeasurable benefit for the community as a whole," he said. "And I'm very proud of it, and I consider it one of the council's — and one of my — highest achievements, because it will be able to, in my mind, improve the economics of the city, improve the public health and prevent children and others who are vulnerable to cigarette smoke from suffering from any type of health effects."